How To Knit Herringbone Stitch {Photo + Video Tutorial}

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In this post, you will see how to knit herringbone stitch.

This stitch pattern gives a beautiful texture to your knitted fabric.

Perfect for many projects, like bags, pillows, blankets and coasters.

herringbone stitch sample

What You Need To Know About Herringbone Stitch

To work this stitch pattern, you need to know how to knit, how to purl and how to slip stitches.

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There is a step by step photograph tutorial below and a video tutorial in this post to help you.

You can also view the video tutorial on my YouTube channel here  – don’t forget to subscribe!

Once you have a little practice you will soon get into it!

How to knit herringbone stitch

My Tips

  • Use needles with a good point on the end, I tried this with bamboo needles that didn’t have a sharp pointed end and found it difficult.
  • Once I switched to other wooden needles with a sharper point, it was much easier.
  • Use a needle size up – go up a size because the knitting becomes tight.
  • Try not to knit tightly – this makes it difficult to work the stitches if you are a tight knitter.
  • The fabric becomes dense and very tight – so just be aware of that when choosing your needles and yarn.

Resources and Tutorials That May Help You With This Stitch Pattern:

herringbone knit

Coaster Knitting Pattern

Make a set of knitted coasters with this stitch pattern.

Make them in any color with or without the fringe edging!

Get the free pattern here – Coaster knitting pattern.

knitted coasters with fringing

Yield: Herringbone Stitch Pattern

How To Knit Herringbone Stitch

How to knit herringbone stitch

Learn how to knit the herringbone stitch with this step by step tutorial and video.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 1 hour
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Difficulty Advanced/Beginner
Estimated Cost $5

Materials

  • Yarn - scrap yarns to practice with - I used a worsted weight yarn.
  • Approx 10-15g for one square example - 4x4 inches.

Tools

  • Knitting Needles - Size 8mm (US 11)

Instructions

Cast on an even number of stitches.

For this sample, I cast on 24 stitches.

  1. Step 1 - Insert your right-hand needle into the back loops of the first two stitches on the left-hand needle. Herringbone stitch pattern step 1
  2. Step 2 - Bring your right-hand needle up and under those two stitches. Herringbone stitch pattern step 2
  3. Step 3 - Knit the stitches and slip one of the stitches (the first loop) off onto the right-hand needle, while leaving the other loop on the left-hand needle.
  4. Step 4 - Then insert your right-hand needle through the loop left on the left-hand needle and the loop next to it, through the back again.
  5. Step 5 - Bring your yarn around as if to knit those two stitches. Herringbone stitch pattern step 5
  6. Step 6 - Push the right-hand needle through the front to knit.
  7. Step 7 - Split the two loops, slipping one of the knitted loops onto the right-hand needle, leaving the other on the left-hand needle. Continue to knit the row in this way - knitting into the back of the loop left on the left-hand needle and the loop next to it, then slipping that first knitted loop over onto the right-hand needle and repeating the process until you get to the end of the row. Herringbone stitch pattern step 7
  8. Step 8 - Knitting the wrong side. Turn your work and insert your right-hand needle purlwise into the first two stitches on the left-hand needle.
  9. Step 9 - Wrap your yarn over the needle as to purl those two stitches.Herringbone stitch pattern step 9
  10. Step 10 - You will see your two purl stitches on the needles like this image below. Herringbone stitch pattern step 10
  11. Step 11 - Slip the first loop onto your right-hand needle, leaving the second loop on the left-hand needle.
  12. Step 12 - Now insert your right-hand needle purlwise into the loop left on the left-hand needle and the loop next to it. Herringbone stitch pattern step 12
  13. Step 13 - Slip the first purled loop onto the right-hand needle leaving the second loop on the left-hand needle. Repeat this process to the end of the row.

Notes

Tips

Use needles with a good point on the end, I tried this with bamboo needles that didn't have a sharp pointed end and found it difficult.

Once I switched to other wooden needles with a sharper point, it was much easier.

Use a needle size up - go up a size because the knitting becomes tight.

Try not to knit tightly - this makes it difficult to work the stitches if you are a tight knitter.

The fabric becomes dense and very tight - so just be aware of that when choosing your needles and yarn.

Abbreviations

K- Knit

P - Purl

SL - Slip

RHN - Right-hand needle

LHN - Left-hand needle

Gauge - 10 sts in 18 rows in 4 inches/10cm square.

Get the coaster pattern here.

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4 Comments

  1. Hi!
    Thank you so much for this. Love love love the herringbone stitch!💕 I didn’t realize it was that easy!!! Yay! I always look forward to your emails and you always teach me something in every single one that you do!! They make my day! Thanks !

    Carol🌞

    1. Hello Carol, Thank you so much for your kind words, I’m so happy you enjoy the emails, patterns and tutorials!
      Happy knitting!
      Louise 🙂

  2. As stated, I also didn’t know this stitch was so easy! Thank you for the great video and directions. I appreciate the assistance.

    1. Hello Maria, I’m so happy you found the tutorial easy to follow.
      I hope you enjoy knitting the herringbone stitch, it does have a lovely texture!
      Happy knitting,
      Louise 🙂